Consensus Comparison: Reichardt, Mendonça, Campos October 15, 2016

In case you were wondering, I’m now updating the homepage’s new releases on Monday mornings instead of Sunday evenings. It’s a bit easier to fit it into my schedule that way. (In addition to that, there are usually one or more additions to the new releases section later in the week, which is why it’s good to check out this column every Saturday, where we gather them all up.)

The Chicago International Film Festival, which is happening as I write this, has cherry-picked films from Berlin, Cannes, Venice and Toronto. But where are the Locarno movies? The only Locarno film I could find was I Promise You Anarchy, which was from 2015. CIFF is dropping the ball big time. (And maybe they always have and I haven’t noticed since I don’t pay close attention to that festival.)

On another note, I’d like to say something about this year’s Presidential Election. I’m not trying to tell anyone how to vote—if today’s most persuasive and articulate writers and speakers haven’t yet convinced you, what chance do I have?—I just wanted you to know where I stand. During the primaries, I was very pro-Sanders and anti-Clinton. But after seeing Clinton stay unflappable even during Trump’s circus of vulgarity and humiliation during last week’s debate, I can’t help but respect her. And more than that, my admiration for her grows with each passing week. Her ability to withstand Trump’s abuse is heroic. I’m now at a point where I would be very proud to have her as my President.

As for Trump, he has no sense of self-awareness, does he? Calling Hillary Clinton the devil, calling Bill an abusive monster. That’s what Trump is! This talk of revolution has me worried that Trump losing might be almost as bad as him winning.

And now the stats.

Certain Women (Kelly Reichardt)

Rotten Tomatoes: 96 • 52 reviews
Metacritic: 83 • 23 reviews
Critics Round Up: 92 • 25 reviews

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Aquarius (Kleber Mendonça Filho)

Rotten Tomatoes: 97 • 29 reviews
Metacritic: 89 • 16 reviews
Critics Round Up: 90 • 26 reviews

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Christine (Antonio Campos)

Rotten Tomatoes: 83 • 41 reviews
Metacritic: 71 • 21 reviews
Critics Round Up: 73 • 22 reviews

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Tower (Keith Maitland)

Rotten Tomatoes: 100 • 28 reviews
Metacritic: 90 • 17 reviews
Critics Round Up: 92 • 9 reviews

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Little Sister (Zach Clark)

Rotten Tomatoes: 94 • 18 reviews
Metacritic: 74 • 11 reviews
Critics Round Up: 81 • 8 reviews

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